BHI Wins Website Award
Sergei Kochkin (703) 684-3391
Better Hearing Institute Winner of 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Award For Best Overall Website
Alexandria, VA, November 14, 2006 – The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) received recognition for their web site (www.betterhearing.org) at a special presentation in Atlanta on November 6 during the Tenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference. Sites receiving the 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were selected from more than 1,100 entries. One hundred individuals familiar with healthcare and the Internet judged the entries. The BHI was one of four organizations to be recognized in the most competitive category of “Best Overall Website” for organizations focusing on consumer information on specific diseases, illnesses or conditions. Other winners within this category were pharmaceutical giant Merck (www.Merckhomeedition.com), ZLB Behring internationally recognized for their biotherapies for hemophilia and www.breastcancer.org.
“What’s clearly evident this year is the number of outstanding sites,” says Mark Gothberg, eHealthcare Leadership Awards chairman. “It was particularly difficult for judges to choose among competing sites, especially in such hotly contested categories as best health content, best design, and best overall site.”
Winners of platinum, gold, silver, and distinction awards represented 17 industry classifications, from hospitals and health systems to pharmaceutical firms and online health companies. Awards were given in 12 different categories: Best Site Design, Best Interactive, Best Health/Healthcare Content, Best e-Business, Best Care/Disease Management, Best Rich Media, Best Staff Recruitment, Best Quality Communication, Best Community Benefit Communication, Best Overall Internet Site, Best Intranet Site, and eHealth Organizational Commitment.
Judges looked at how sites compared with others in their organization’s classification. They also reviewed sites based on a proprietary multi-point standard of Internet excellence. The best intranet site category, for example, had to pass muster on more than 60 factors.
The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program was developed and first presented seven years ago by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading Internet resource published by Health Care Communications, Rye, NY. The Tenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference was sponsored by Greystone.net, an Atlanta-based strategy firm, in cooperation with the Chicago-based Forum for Healthcare Strategists.
In receiving this award Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. Executive Director expressed gratitude to the many people who contributed to its content, creative design and execution including Clarion Management Resources, the BHI’s world-class Technical Advisory Council, and Matrix International (BHI’s web design firm). “This award, judged by eHealthcare experts, confirms professionally that our hearing health consumer education program is well-targeted to the general public.”\
Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute is a not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to educate the public about hearing loss, its treatment and prevention. To receive a free copy of our 28 page booklet "Your Guide to Better Hearing," visit our website at www.betterhearing.org or call the Better Hearing Institute hotline at 1-800-EAR-WELL.
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